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Match Previews

Match Preview: Reading (A)

2 November 2022

PNE will go in search of a third successive victory on Friday night when they head south to take on Reading.

Match Information
Select Car Leasing Stadium
Friday 4th November, 8pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 20/46)
Away kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Ticket News

Reading Tickets On Sale

30 October 2022

Tickets in the main allocation have now sold out for this fixture, however there will be additional tickets available on the night from the Select Car Leasing Stadium. Please note, there will be a price increase on matchday and only card payments are accepted.

Supporters are still able to buy tickets within the family area for this fixture, and there are also ambulant disabled and wheelchair user tickets left on sale until 11am on Friday from the ticket office.

Coach travel is available for supporters and will depart Deepdale at 12.15pm, before then going on to Leyland to pick up supporters there at around 12.30pm.

How To Follow The Game

As this game is being shown live on Sky Sports, the match cannot be streamed on iFollow PNE to supporters worldwide.

Live commentary is available as normal, though, with a £2.50 match pass or a £4.49 monthly pass, which you can subscribe to here. Commentary comes from Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow.

There will also be our usual coverage here on PNE.Com, as well as across our social media platforms.

In The Dressing Room

Ben Whiteman will miss the next two games prior to the international break due to a small tear in his thigh which forced him off in the first half on Tuesday night.

Patrick Bauer stepped up his return to fitness during the week, playing 45 minutes in the Central League, and he'll continue training with the first team this week.

Troy Parrott remains sidelined but is making good progress as he is now using just the one crutch as he continues to nurse his hamstring injury.

A Look At Our Hosts


Having finished just above the Championship drop zone last season, things started much better for the Royals this term, winning seven of their opening 11 league games.

It’s been just one win in the seven games since, though, and Paul Ince will be looking for his side to use their home advantage on Friday night, as they have done so often this season.

The Royals are one of the division’s top performers on home turf – taking 19 points from nine games in Berkshire – compared to their return of just seven from nine away from home.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 65
PNE wins: 25
Draws: 13
Reading wins: 27
Last PNE victory: Reading 0-3 PNE, 4th November 2020

One To Watch


After what has no doubt been a frustrating few years for Tom Ince, in which he hasn’t managed to play as many minutes as he’d have liked, things seem to have fallen into place for the attacking midfielder at Reading.

Having spent the second half of last season on loan in Berkshire, he signed a three-year contract with the club this summer, and his dad Paul – Reading manager – appears to have got him back to his best.

Ince has been used in several different areas at the top end of the pitch this season and currently sits as the Royals’ top scorer with four goals to his name, as well as three assists.

Match Officials


David Webb will be the man in the middle for Friday’s fixture.

Webb last took charge of a PNE game in April earlier this year, when North End came out 3-1 winners away to Barnsley, while he also refereed the Lilywhites’ 1-0 victory over Blackpool at Deepdale.

So far this season, Webb has taken charge of 15 fixtures, showing 43 yellow cards and four reds – with all of those sendings off coming in a recent 3-3 draw between Sheffield United and Blackpool.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Reading 1 PNE 2

4 November 2022

A double from Ched Evans secured a third successive victory for PNE in the Championship as they left Reading with a 2-1 win.

The Welsh striker opened the scoring for his side in the 51st minute as he headed a Robbie Brady cross into the far corner, but substitute Lucas Joao equalised for the hosts 20 minutes later from the spot.

Evans got his second of the evening with just more than ten minutes left on the clock to seal three points for North End, firing across goal and into the far corner.

Ryan Lowe made two changes from the midweek victory over Swansea City, with Ryan Ledson and Daniel Johnson coming into the starting XI.

It was a relatively quiet opening to the game as far as chances were concerned, with Yakou Meite’s header wide from 18 yards and a wild Andy Carroll volley – which went over the bar – about all the action in either box in the opening half hour.

PNE could have found themselves ahead in the 31st minute, though, when Brady sent a fantastic cross to his opposite wing back Brad Potts, who couldn’t quite make the necessary contact at the far post from just outside the six-yard box.

Brady then came close himself with the final touch of the first half, doing well to beat his man and cut inside onto his right foot, before sending a powerful effort towards the near post, but Lumley was there to parry wide.

The goalkeeper then did well to deny Riis from close range five minutes into the second period, after the Dane had capitalised on a short header back to the goalkeeper by Tom McIntyre.

He was beaten a minute later, though, as Evans rose highest to flick on Brady’s brilliant cross from the right and he found the far corner to open the scoring.

Reading found their equaliser on 71 minutes from the penalty spot after Brady was adjudged to have fouled Andy Yiadom in the area, and Joao slammed past Woodman from the spot.

North End were quick to do something about that, though, as Evans doubled his tally for the evening and the season on 79 minutes, firing low across goal and into the far corner.

From that point, PNE managed the game well to secure a third consecutive victory and in doing so they moved into the Championship Play-Off places. 

Reading line-up: Lumley; Yiadom, Holmes, McIntyre; Hoilett, Loum (Fornah, 59), Hendrick, Rahman; Ince, Meite (Long, 59); Carroll (Joao, 59), Subs not used: Bouzanis, Ejaria, Guinness-Walker, Mbengue.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts, Ledson, Browne (McCann, 81), Johnson (Woodburn, 64), Brady; Riis (Maguire, 74), Evans. Subs not used: Cornell, Fernández, Cunningham, Diaby.

Attendance: 11,777 (507 PNE fans).

Referee: Mr D Webb.

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Ticket News

Reading Ticket Details

30 October 2022

Our main allocation of tickets for Friday's trip to Reading have now sold out, but there will be additional tickets available to purchase on the night.

PNE will make the journey to the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Friday 4th November, with kick-off at 8pm, and the club were allocated an initial 546 tickets.

While tickets have sold out in the main allocation, there are still tickets available in the family area, and there are also ambulant disabled and wheelchair user tickets remaining on sale.

Supporters looking to buy in the main allocation can do so on the night, with a price increase, but please note only card transactions are available everywhere in the stadium.

Tickets can be bought and collected on the evening from 6.30pm from the South Stand ticket office, which is located between gates nine and ten.

Ticket Information

Tickets in the general area will be available on the night of the game, with a price increase.

Matchday prices
Adults £27
Seniors (65+) £18
Aged 18 to 24 £15
U18s £11
U13s £9

43 of the 546 tickets allocated are located in a family area, which is strictly for families only. In this area, no adults will be permitted without a child, and vice versa.

Family area prices
Adults £18
Seniors (65+) £15
Aged 18 to 24 £12
U18s £5
U13s £2

Please note, tickets in the family area can only be bought in person or over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Fans buying concession tickets should be prepared to show proof of age at the turnstiles when entering the stadium.

Disabled Supporter Information

There are four tickets available for supporters in a wheelchair, with these fans paying in accordance to their age band, and a free carer ticket will be provided if required.

Ambulant disabled supporters will also pay as per their relevant age category, but please be aware these tickets can only be purchased in person and over the phone from the ticket office, and not online.

Ambulant disabled supporters can choose to sit in the main allocation of tickets, or in the ambulant disabled section, which requires fans to be seated at all times.

Coach Travel

Coach travel is available from both Deepdale and Leyland, priced at £28 for Ambassadors and £30 for non-Ambassadors. The coach will depart Deepdale at 12.15pm, before picking supporters up at Leyland at 12.30pm.

Car Parking

Supporters driving to the ground can book their parking in advance by clicking here or by calling 01189 681313.

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